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Calum Best
Calum Best in 2010
Calum Milan Best

(1981-02-06) February 6, 1981 (age 43)
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
OccupationTelevision personality
RelativesSamantha Womack (cousin)

Calum Milan Best (born February 6, 1981) is a British-American television personality. He is the only child of footballer George Best. He is also the chairman of the Dorking Wanderers women's team.

Early life[edit]

Best was born in San Jose, California, the son of parents from the United Kingdom: Angie Best (born MacDonald-Janes), an English model, and George Best, the Northern Irish footballer.[1] He was raised in Los Angeles, where he became a model in his mid-teens.[2]

Best is a patron of Nacoa (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics), a UK charity providing support to children affected by a parent's drinking. He moved to his parents' native United Kingdom when he was 21.[2]


Best has taken part in the reality TV shows Fool Around With on E4 and The Match on Sky One. In 2005 and 2006, he was featured in ITV's Celebrity Love Island, winning the second series on August 28, 2006. Around this time he played himself in the final episode of ITV's Footballers' Wives. In September 2006, Best appeared in the ITV2 series Calum, Fran and Dangerous Danan, in which he was seen traveling with Paul Danan and Fran Cosgrave from Texas to Los Angeles on America's U.S. Route 66.

In late 2006, Best launched a men's fragrance called "Calum",[3] made by Jigsaw ESL.[4] Best also launched fragrances called "Best" and "Day and Night".[citation needed]

In 2008, Best appeared on RTÉ's Livin' with Lucy. Later that year, he featured in MTV's Totally Calum Best. The show detailed Best's attempts to remain celibate for fifty days.[5]

In 2009, he appeared as a guest judge in the reality television show Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, in which he tested the contestants' flirting abilities. In November 2009, he presented the BBC TV Documentary Brought up By Booze: A Children in Need Special, which highlighted the plight of children brought up by alcoholic parents. Best drew upon his relationship with his own father in the making of the program, which the BBC described as a 'raw and often distressing journey'.[6]

In 2010, Best appeared in Channel 4's Come Dine with Me, where he dined with Janice Dickinson, Samantha Fox and presenter Jeff Brazier.[7]

Calum hosted via webcam an Online bingo session at Bingocams UK on April 20, 2012.[8]

In 2012, he won Ireland's Celebrity Bainisteoir, managing Moy Davitts of County Mayo.[9][10]

In January 2015, he took part in the fifteenth series of Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother.[11] He came third.[12]

In 2016, Best was a member of the cast of the E! series Famously Single, which follows eight single celebrities in their search for love. He also returned for the second season of Famously Single which premiered June 25, 2017.[13]

On January 3, 2017, he returned to compete on the nineteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother,[14] in which he finished in seventh place.[15]

On March 22, 2017, he presented the documentary My Best, directed by Luigi Maria Perotti.[16]

In 2017, Best appeared in third series of Celebs Go Dating.[17]

In 2020, Best appeared in Ex on the Beach.[18]

In 2022, Best appeared in and jointly won the fourth series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. Described as a "brutal" final, 3 other surviving celebrity contestants also won the shows final tasks.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Match Contestant
2005 Fool Around With Contestant
2006 Calum, Fran and Dangerous Danan Himself
2005-2006 Celebrity Love Island Contestant Series 2 winner
2008 Livin' with Lucy Himself Series 1
2008 Totally Calum Best: The Best Is Yet to Come Himself
2009 Paris Hilton's British Best Friend Guest Judge
2010 Come Dine with Me Himself
2011 Celebrity Salon Contestant Series 2
2012 Celebrity Bainisteoir Contestant Series 5 winner
2015 Celebrity Big Brother 15 Contestant Series 15 - 3rd place
2015 Autopsy: The Last Hours of...George Best Himself Channel 5 documentary
2016-2017 Famously Single Himself Series 1 and 2
2017 Celebrity Big Brother 19 Contestant Series 19
2017 In Therapy Himself Series 2
2017 Celebs Go Dating Contestant Series 3
2017 My Best Himself
2017 Retribution Demeteri Direct-to-DVD film
2017 Dangerous Game Chris Rose Direct-to-DVD film
2018 Just Tattoo of Us Himself Series 3
2020 Celebrity Ex on the Beach Contestant Series 1
2020 Celeb Ex in the City Himself Series 1
2021 George Best: True Genius Narrator
2022 SAS: Who Dares Wins Contestant

Joint Winner (4)[19]

Celebrity Series 4
2022 Squad Goals: Dorking 'Til I Die Himself BBC Three Documentary


  1. ^ The Eternal Portal. "George Best (The Belfast Boy) Online Memorial Tribute". theeternalportal.com. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  2. ^ a b This Morning, January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Nolan, Emma (September 24, 2006). "Second Best at scoring and boozing". Irish Independent. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Barriaux, Marianne (August 27, 2007). "Jade and Jordan boost the less sniffy end of scent market". The Guardian. London. Retrieved February 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "Calum Best Comes To MTV". MTV UK. June 11, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2009.
  6. ^ "BBC.co.uk Brought up By Booze: A Children in Need Special". BBC. November 11, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Come Dine with Me – Episode Guide – Channel 4". Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Calum Best to celebrity host at Bingocams UK". bingocams.co.uk. April 20, 2012. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "Watch out girls, Calum signs up for 'Celebrity Bainisteoir'". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. June 13, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  10. ^ "Calum Best is Moy Davitts Celebrity Bainisteoir". Mayo Today. July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Who is Calum Best? Meet the Celebrity Big Brother 2015 contestant". The Telegraph. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  12. ^ "CBB final 2015: Calum Best becomes third housemate to be evicted – taking THIRD place". Mirror Online. February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "Meet Calum Best From 'Famously Single'". Bustle.
  14. ^ ""Who is Calum Best? Celebrity Big Brother 2017 profile"". Radio Times.
  15. ^ "Calum Best in shock eviction from Celebrity Big Brother missing out on live final". January 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "'My Best' - interview with Luigi Maria Perotti - LIDF - Documentary Film Festival". www.lidf.co.uk. Archived from the original on January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  17. ^ Tutton, Charlotte (August 23, 2017). "Celebs Go Dating series 3: Who's on the line-up, when does it start?". OK! Magazine.
  18. ^ Edwards, Chris (December 9, 2019). "Celebrity Ex on the Beach confirms Joey Essex and Love Island's Georgia Harrison on official line-up". Digital Spy.
  19. ^ a b "Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins - All 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved October 16, 2022.

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